Ascendant Advisors, LLC

Ascendant Advisors, LLC

We offer nine separately managed account strategies, including an equity, fixed income and balanced composite. In our composites, Ascendant tactically weights allocations among the underlying core strategies within defined policy ranges. Clients may participate in one or more of these strategies and, as an accommodation, we will spread the securities from each product across a household of accounts.

Equity Strategies Fixed Income Strategies Diversified/Balanced

Strategy Benchmark Description
Equity Strategies 
Large Cap S&P 500 TR

The Large Cap Strategy aims for superior risk adjusted returns versus the S&P 500 TR over multiple market cycles. The portfolio typically holds 20-40 securities, focused on large cap companies with market capitalizations in the top 20% of our Ascendant 3000™ Universe. We buy the stocks with the most attractive valuations and expected performance based upon our proprietary, quantitative research process.

Small-Mid Cap S&P 1000

The Small-Mid Cap Strategy aims for superior risk adjusted returns versus the S&P 1000 over multiple market cycles. The portfolio typically holds 20-40 securities and is focused on small and mid cap companies with market capitalizations in the lower 80% of our investable universe. We buy the stocks with the most attractive valuations and expected performance based upon our proprietary, quantitative research process.

Natural Resources S&P North American Natural Resource Sector Index

The Natural Resources Strategy aims for superior risk adjusted returns versus the S&P North American Natural Resources Index over multiple market cycles. The portfolio typically holds 20-40 securities, focused on companies in the natural resources industries including oil & gas, precious metals, agriculture, timber and other "hard asset" commodities. We buy the stocks with the most attractive valuations and expected performance based upon our proprietary, quantitative research process.

Equity Income S&P 1500

The Equity Income Strategy aims for superior risk adjusted returns versus the S&P 1500 over multiple market cycles. The portfolio typically holds 20-40 securities and is focused on high quality, value oriented companies with dividend yields in the top half of the investable universe. We buy the stocks with the most attractive valuations and expected performance based upon our proprietary, quantitative research process.

MultiCap Equity S&P 1500

The MultiCap Equity Strategy aims for superior risk adjusted returns versus the S&P 1500 over multiple market cycles. It is a broadly diversified portfolio typically consisting of 80-120 positions comprised of holdings from the firm’s four single equity strategies; Large Cap, Small-Mid Cap, Equity Income and Natural Resources. The Investment Committee directs the allocation to the four underlying products based upon objective research and both current and expected market conditions.

Fixed Income Strategies 
Core Fixed Income Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate & Government Master Index

The Core Fixed Income Strategy is designed to achieve relatively attractive returns with less risk associated with reinvestment, market prices, and interest rate fluctuations. To accomplish this Ascendant utilizes a modified ladder strategy that invests primarily in a staggered maturity portfolio of government and investment grade corporate debt. The strategy generally invests equally across the yield curve with active sector allocations.

Convertibles Merrill Lynch Yield Alternatives Convertibles Index

The Convertibles Strategy primarily focuses on total return through a combination of capital appreciation and high current income. The strategy typically invests in US convertible securities with attractive yields and acceptable risk profiles. Convertibles are screened for high yield and then ranked based on the underlying equity prospects utilizing proprietary quantitative models.

Fixed Income Composite 62.5% Merrill Lynch All Convertibles Index and 37.5% Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate & Government Master Index

The Fixed Income Composite Strategy consists of a barbell portfolio of high quality, short duration, core fixed income securities and high yield convertibles. We tactically adjust Core Fixed Income and Convertible Strategy weightings based on mid and long-term cycle analysis.

Diversified/Balanced 
Balanced 60% S&P 500 TR and 40% Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate & Government Master Index

The Balanced Portfolio combines our MultiCap Equity Strategy with our Fixed Income Composite Portfolio. This strategy may be suitable for investors who are focused on long term total return and are looking for dynamic asset allocation. At times Ascendant seeks to enhance investment returns by opportunistically shifting the asset mix of the Balanced Portfolios in response to the changing market conditions.

Diversified Income & Growth Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index (primary) / Merrill Lynch Yield Alternative Index (secondary)

The Ascendant Diversified Income & Growth strategy is designed to potentially meet the income needs of investors in today’s low-yield environment while still maintaining the potential for capital gains.  The fund places an emphasis on current income while pursuing a diversified investment strategy using both equity and fixed income securities while also incoporating a covered call strategy on the equity portion of the portfolio.

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